If you're a Potterhead who has been worn out by the latest wave of wizarding-world franchise expansion, I've got just the thing you need to remind you of everything that's magical about Harry Potter: someone actually made the Sword of Gryffindor. Baltimore Knife and Sword swordsmiths Matt and Kerry Stagmer recreated Godric Gryffindor's iconic, Horcrux-busting blade for an episode of Man at Arms: Reforged, and the video is just what you need to rejuvenate your Harry Potter fandom.
In J.K. Rowling's wizarding world, Godric Gryffindor commissioned his weapon from the Goblin King Ragnuk the First, "the finest of the goblin silversmiths," more than 1,000 years ago. The sword is silver, inlaid with rubies, and engraved with Godric's name below the hilt.
Like the Room of Requirement, the Sword of Gryffindor presents itself to those in need. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the sword materializes in the Sorting Hat during Harry's fight with the Basilisk. When Harry slays the petrifying creature, the Sword of Gryffindor is imbued with Basilisk venom, which gives it the power to destroy Horcruxes.
The Sword of Gryffindor would go on to destroy three of Voldemort's Horcruxes, but Harry would not be the one to use it for that purpose. Instead, Dumbledore cracked the Resurrection Stone in Marvolo Gaunt's ring with it, Ron used the sword to destroy Salazar Slytherin's locket, and Neville wielded it to slay Nagini at the Battle of Hogwarts.
The Stagmers' version is pretty. freakin. cool. I mean, take a look at the amount of detail in this Sword of Gryffindor replica:
This isn't the first time Man at Arms: Reforged has created a replica of a famous literary sword. Previous projects include Arya Stark's Needle, Jon Snow's Longclaw, Katniss Everdeen's bow, Bilbo Baggins' Sting, Aragorn's Narsil, and Thorin Oakenshield's Orcrist, not to mention the Stagmer brothers' takes on famous anime, video game, and movie weapons.
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